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"Renovate to Retire": Transforming Your Outdoor Living Space with Austin Grady Builders and Veteran

Welcome to the world of "Renovate to Retire" with Austin Grady Builders and Veteran Roofing! As part of our vision for homeowners seeking a strategic retirement strategy, we believe that enhancing your outdoor living space can significantly contribute to both your current lifestyle and the future value of your home. In this fun and informative article, we'll explore the joys of building a deck, the various materials available, their costs, and different deck styles that can elevate your home to new heights.

The Value of Decks

According to the Zonda 34th Annual Cost vs. Value Report for 2021, home exterior projects, particularly deck additions, provide the greatest return on investment (ROI). A new wood deck, with an average cost of $17,000, boasts a 66% ROI, while a composite deck, averaging around $22,500, offers a 63% ROI. Building a deck not only expands your outdoor living space but also enhances the overall value of your property.

Cost Breakdown

Before diving into materials and styles, let's talk numbers. The cost of building a deck can vary based on its size. Here's a breakdown:

- Up to 200 square feet: $4,000 - $14,000 ($7,000 on average)

- 200 to 500 square feet: $7,000 - $35,000 ($15,000 on average)

- Over 500 square feet: $15,000 - $45,000 ($24,000 on average)

Remember, these figures are averages, and costs can fluctuate based on your location, chosen materials, and additional features.

Deck Materials

Decks come in various materials, each with its unique characteristics. Let's explore the most common types:


Natural wood exudes warmth and charm underfoot. Options like bamboo, cedar, Ipe (Brazilian Wood), mahogany, and pressure-treated wood provide different looks and levels of durability. While wood requires maintenance, its aesthetic appeal is timeless.

Composite Boards

Made from a blend of plastic and wood fibers, composite decking is durable, low-maintenance, and available in various realistic wood grain patterns. It's resistant to rot, wear, warping, and cracking, making it an excellent long-term investment.

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)

100% synthetic PVC decking is stain-resistant, rot-resistant, and highly affordable. With no organic material, it's resistant to water, mold, mildew, and insects. PVC decking offers both durability and minimal maintenance.

Concrete or Stone

While the most expensive option, concrete or stone decks are incredibly durable and long-lasting. Ideal for ground-level areas, they can blend seamlessly with your home's surroundings, adding to your property's overall value.


Aluminum decks are a low-maintenance alternative to wood, offering durability and resistance to water damage. With various colors and styles available, aluminum decks are suitable for areas prone to extreme weather conditions.

Deck Styles

Beyond materials, deck styles play a crucial role in transforming your outdoor space. Let's explore some common styles:

Wrap-Around Decks

Connecting multiple sides of your home, wrap-around decks offer ample outdoor space. They can be narrow or spacious, providing easy access from different points in your home and extending your living area.

Multi-Level Decks

Ideal for uneven terrain, multi-level decks incorporate different deck sizes to suit various uses. They create unique outdoor living spaces, accommodating different design styles and elevating your property's aesthetic.

Attached Decks

Directly attached to your home, these decks are cost-effective and borrow stability from the house. They can extend existing rooms like kitchens or dining rooms but require proper installation and maintenance to prevent structural damage.

Detached Decks

Also known as "floating decks," detached decks are not attached to the house. They're ideal for smaller budgets and DIY projects but require periodic maintenance.

Factors to Consider

When choosing a deck type, consider factors such as function, location, structural design, material, and building codes. Tailoring your deck to your specific needs and adhering to local regulations ensures a successful and valuable addition to your home.

Building a deck is not just about adding space; it's an investment in your current and future lifestyle. With "Renovate to Retire," Austin Grady Builders and Veteran Roofing are here to guide you through the process, making your outdoor living dreams a reality. So, whether you're sipping a morning coffee on your new deck or entertaining friends at sunset, your enhanced outdoor space will be a testament to your smart investment in "Renovate to Retire" living!

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